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Posted: April 07, 2017

Thousands of ants form rare ‘raft’ in Florida

UF Museum of Natural History

By Ryan DiPentima, Palm Beach Post

Rainfall on the University of Florida campus has led to thousands of fire ants partaking in a rare phenomenon.

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A video tweeted out by the university’s entomology department shows the fire ants creating an ant raft at UF’s Natural Area Teaching Laboratory. 

An ant raft is a mechanism used by ants to avoid drowning in floods, according to Live Science. The large grouping of linked ants, which takes a little under two minutes to form, creates a water-repellent grouping that allows the entire group to float above floodwaters, according to Live Science.

Though likely impossible to quantify, the video posted on Twitter shows a massive gathering on ants floating above water.

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